Subject: St Marys Dixon
By now most of you have probably heard the bad news that St Marys has announced the temporary closure
of the Dixon Plant due to economic conditions. The word temporary could be misleading, a restarting of the plant is not likely
to occur in the foreseeable future. We are now in the process of severing the employment of almost all of the our employees
The rough timing is that the remaining 3 kilns will be shutdown in November/ Dec 08. The staffing
will then be reduced to approximately 16 people to operate the Finish Mills and the Shipping Dept. The mills will run until
Feb/ March 09, then the staffing will be reduced to 6 hourly people and myself to operate as a shipping terminal. I will remain
in Dixon as a Terminal Manager and also be responsible for
preserving the idled equipment, manage the plant properties, etc. I also expect to be involved and working with other St Marys
I want to thank all of you for your excellent work and support as primary vendors and contractors
to the Dixon Plant over the years. When I returned to cement 8 years ago it didn't take very long to realize that the plant
was in horrible condition. I thought I had made a career mistake and again, It wasn't long before Prairie sold the plant to
Cemex followed by another quick sale to St Marys. Both of these sales generated a lot of critical improvements to the process
equipment, along with much needed skills training for all of us in a very short period of time. I was fortunate enough to
come through all this change with a very talented group of Supervisors and Maintenance staff.
With excellent technical support and advice from our vendors, contractors and employees,
we improved quickly. I am very proud of the fact that the Dixon Plant soon became
and continues to be one of the most reliable plants in the U.S.
We were able to repeat and exceed our reliability goals for the past several years Our kilns and mills have consistently ran
over 95% availability. The success that this plant has had is a direct reflection of our employees, vendors, and contractors.
Unfortunately we just couldn't work hard enough or smart enough to overcome a depressed economy along
with the inherited inefficiencies of a 50 year old multi kiln plant. I'm not sure what the future holds for Dixon, but I do know that we own 25 years worth of
cement grade stone and have identified another 100 years worth of stone nearby. When the economy eventually turns around,
something will happen here again.
Right now a lot of our administrative efforts are focused on
helping our employees find jobs. We have professional people helping with resumes, we are putting ads in area newspapers and
networking with all of our different contacts to find good employers for good people. Please forward me any leads or info
that could help us in this process.
I promise you that anyone I recommend will be a person with a great attitude, an excellent
safety and attendance record along with solid skill sets. Here is a copy of the ad that we are running in the area newspapers.
St Mary Cement
in Dixon, IL is ceasing its
manufacturing operations. We have a talented and loyal workforce of approximately
ninety people who are available for immediate employment. There is a wide variety
of skills and experience within our group, which include:
Mechanical & Electrical Maintenance, Quality Control, Mobile Equipment Operators & Mechanics, Safety, IT, Environmental,
Supervisory, Management and Production positions.
our Human Resources Dept to provide a list of job opportunities for posting at our facility.
Telephone (815) 284-3357 or FAX (815) 284-3314.
Please forward this to any of your contacts and ask them to contact me directly for recommendations.
Paul E Biggerstaff
St Marys Cement